Monday, November 2, 2015

Cozy Cottage Calendar 2016

Sharing one of Lori Holt's pattern designs is always fun.
 I love her cottage theme and tried to keep a similar theme only with a beachy twist. Those of you who know me, know that I am slowly converting my home to my beach house.

This is my rendition of a beach house pillow...of course I only use the best fabrics made by Riley Blake Designs and Penny Rose Fabrics.
I used Elea Lutz "Milk, Sugar and Flower"...
Tasha Noel "Vintage Market"... 
RBD mini quatrefoil...Hope Chest...
Lori Holt "Modern Minis"

The calendar is filled with beautiful photos of 
Lori's cozy cottage. Click here to purchase.
Don't you love the quilt featured on the front of the calendar!!!
Those are 4" adorable:)

I used the 8" house block and then used Lori's border and instructions to finish the pillow at 18". Using my sewing machine I quilted every 1/2" to give the pillow a quilted finish.

Choosing beachy colors was fun...mints, light and dark blues all come together for this cozy cottage beachy pillow.

Looking at this pillow takes me to my happy place.

 It makes me think happy thoughts and cozy cottage feelings.
Thank you Lori for continuing to inspire us all.

I dream of days sitting on my porch sewing my applique projects and listening to the waves hit the sand and watching the sun the meantime I will keep making cute projects for my beach house.

Happy Sewing!

P.S. Please check out the other blog posts below!
Monday, November 2, 2015
Fat Quarter Shop (Hey that's us!)
Lori Holt of Bee in my Bonnet
Jessie of Messy Jesse
Lucy of Charm About You

Tuesday, November 3, 2015
Sherri of A Quilting Life
Jane of Quilt Jane

Wednesday, November 4, 2015
Vickie of Spun Sugar Quilts
Marni of Habedashery Fun
Renee of Sewn With Grace

Thursday, November 5, 2015
Daisy of Ants to Sugar
Tonya of The Crafty Mummy
Michele of Quilting Gallery
Jennie of A Pieceful Journey

Friday, November 6, 2015
Erin of Why Not Sew
Melissa of Happy Quilting
Sinta of Pink Pincushion

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Farm Girl Vintage "Woolly Sheep"

Woolly Sheep is the last block on the 
Farm Girl Vintage Friday Blog Hop Sew-Along.

It has been sew much fun sewing along 
with Lori Holt,
and all of you every Friday. 

I have a pile of super cute Farm Girl Blocks that I can't wait to start piecing together to make a fabulous quilt. 

I wanted my sheep to be white so I used low volume fabrics...I'm going to add some embroidery around the edge of the sheep to help the outline pop.

My Woolly Sheep and I 
took a little field trip to Birdseye, Utah. 
My sister-in-law and her husband 
live on a ranch...
It was the perfect spot for some 
Farm Girl Vintage photos.

 Don't you love this old farm truck!

The setting was a beautiful, peaceful, tranquil day.

We were able to take these photos with the perfect backdrop for Woolly Sheep.

Farm Girl Vintage features 45 different quilt blocks 
in 6″ and 12″ sizes.
 There are bonus projects and quilts galore. 
The instructions are visual and easy to read and understand. 
 There are so many eye candy photos of quilts in fabulous settings.

Farm Girl Vintage Book<BR>Lori Holt of Bee in my Bonnet #ISE-906

This book has really inspired me and has been my play time away from work.

Thank you Lori and Fat Quarter Shop for allowing me to share in your 
 Farm Girl Vintage Friday Sew-Along Fun!!!

Click the button above if you would like to see all the blocks that were part of the 
farm girl vintage sew-along!

Happy Sewing!


Friday, August 21, 2015

Riley Blake Designs Back-to-School Blog Tour

       Back-to-School is such an exciting time of year! 
My cute grand-daughters, Summer and Nahla, were so 
excited to have matching outfits.
 Summer is in first grade and takes school very seriously.
 Nahla begs and pleads that she is old enough 
to go to school...finally pre-school for her this year.        

As you can see Summer stands and waits to have her shoes buckled while Nahla says she can do it all by herself:)

The girls love getting ready for school and having a new outfit made by Coco(nickname for grandma) is always a special treat!

Using the Riley Blake Designs solids is one of my favorites...

mainly because they are timeless and 
the color combinations are endless...

I used the raspberry and the navy solid colors...

The raspberry neck tie was a 2 1/2" strip. 
I cut 3 strips and sewed them together end to end... 
cut this in measured about 60" once it was cut. 
That was plenty for each cutie pie to have one.

I pressed the raw edges to the middle (including the long and 
small edges)... then pressed the strip in half again. 
Sew down the long edge. 
Press. Tie in a bow at the front.
Looking cute and stylish with a button-up crisp
white shirt gives them the prep -school look.

The pattern for the skirt is the Sacha Skirt and Jacket from Butterfly Kisses Pattern Company. 

 The skirts took about an hour each to make.
 The instructions are simple and easy to follow.


The pattern is available through 
Riley Blake Designs here or your local quilt shop.

Be sure to follow this Back-to-School Blog Tour! You will be inspired to pull out your sewing machine and fabric so you too can sew up one of the amazing ideas that are shared by each designer from the list below.

8/17 - Riley Blake Designs
8/20 - Quiltscapes
8/28 - Riley Blake Designs

Happy Sewing!


Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Riley Blake Designs Back to School Blog Tour

Join me on August 21 for the Riley Blake Designs 
Back to School Blog Tour!

Until then...

Happy Sewing!

Monday, June 15, 2015

Riley Blake Designs Home Dec Blog Tour 2015


 One of my favorite things to do is... 
give new life to old junky furniture...

I LOVE fresh new paint and I LOVE new fabric!!!
Riley Blake Designs has some fabulous new 
Home Dec fabric that is 100% cotton duck.


Did you see all the fun colors and designs?
There are so many to choose was so hard to pick...

But I chose Zoe Pearn's "Sweet Nothings" collection...

 This is what the chair looked like when I bought it...well, almost, I was a little anxious and started spray painting before I took a picture...the legs were a dark brown...
I'm really good with a spray paint can in my hand... 
I usually paint anything that gets in my way...ha ha
I chose a Robin's Egg Color from Design Master...
Colortool Spray.

You can see all the stains on the chair and ohhh.... 
can you see the back of the chair...
it has some sort of chenille fabric on the back...not cute:) 
(I found this chair at a local thrift store.)
I spray painted first, so I didn't have to worry about 
where I got the paint on the chair. 
I sprayed about 6 coats so the paint would be nice and thick. 

I measured the top section of the chair first
 and created a pillow case shape.

Then I secured the fabric to the chair using a staple gun... 
I LOVE power tools...

Next I measured the bottom of the chair, leaving plenty of extra fabric to wrap to the underside of the chair.
I folded the edges under about 1" then used the staple gun 
to secure in place. 

This chair is like a cat. It may end up having nine lives...I'll just keep covering it over and over...
there is nothing like a fresh coat of paint and new fabric!!!

The pillow top is a rectangle shaped piece of fabric with
 4 lengths of 3 different fabric prints 
torn into different widths...
 layered one strip on top of the other...
4" strips...3" strips...1" strips... 
Stitch 1/4" in from each edge of the 1" strips to secure to the top of the rectangle.
Finish using your favorite pillow method.

Embellish with a flower and a center jeweled charm.
For the flower I tore a 2" strip by 22". You will need 2 of them.
Sew the short edges together. 
Use a double threaded needle and with
 a running stitch 1/4" in from one raw edge, stitch all the way around the circle.
Pull stitches in tightly and secure with a knot in 
the back center of the gathered circle.
Make 2 gathered circles. Layer one circle on top of the other.
Sew or glue the circles together. 
Add the embellishment to the center.
Place in the center of the pillow top.

Think twice before throwing away that old chair...
 Give it a new life with some new paint and new fabric.


Tomorrow you will want to check out "The Girl Inspired"
She is so talented!!!

Here is a list that you can follow along on the 
Riley Blake Designs Home Dec Blog Tour

                                                              6/17 - The Girl Inspired
6/24 - Tea Rose Home
7/3 - Heart Zipper
7/6 - Quiltscapes
                                                     7/14 - Riley Blake Designs - Giveaway
Thank you for stopping by

Happy Sewing!

Jina xoxo